There are some figures that just come out of nowhere. You never thought of them, but you always wanted to have them. That's the case of S.H. Figuarts Daft Punk. While they did have a RAH release, these come in at a much more ...
Lady Death. If you don't recognize the name, you may at least recognize the face (and the rest of her).
Despite lacking supporting media, and being held by lesser-known publishers, Lady Death is a surprisingly well-known (or well-recognized) comic book character which probably results from an overly attractive design as well as the copious amount of merchandise she's had over the years. Diamond Select Toys alone has released three different statues of the character (including the "alive" version first available at C2E2, a colorway of the first statue) in its Femme Fatales line.
Diamond Select Toys' Femme Fatales Death II notably departs from the coy, come hither suggestive pose of their first statue by giving the character a more dynamic stance and a burning blue pumpkin. As such, if you picked up the first one you could justify getting this one as well because it has a completely different vibe.
Lineage II has had a surprisingly long history with figure manufacturers - Good Smile Company in particular. In 2007, GSC released an exclusive 1/8-scale Dark Elf figure that would become the first "grail figure" for many (myself included, though I gave up on it eventually). Nowadays that Dark Elf is fetching a price of US$300 or more on ebay.
In the intervening years, Orchid Seed and Good Smile Company would have a handful of releases between them. There has always been the vague promise of more Lineage II women in development (especially by Orchid Seed, who seem to like throwing out teasers more than actual products). Things went quiet for a while, but Max Factory eventually joined the fray. This year, they've released an Elf and now two variants of the Dark Elf. Essentially Max Factory has delivered what Orchid Seed has been teasing for so long. Is this Dark Elf worth the wait? Let's find out!
Real Steel was one of those big Hollywood movies that a lot people seem to pretend not to like for some reason, but when a movie takes home more than double its budget at the box office that kinda speaks for itself. Another sign that Real Steel was a hit is a certain toy company still making figures from the movie. These run for over US$300 each, and when 3A puts an exclusive version on their official Bambaland store it sells out in minutes - That's the kind of dedication Real Steel gets from its fans.
I loved Real Steel, I love 3A, and I love big robot figures so I couldn't wait to review this massive bot. What I didn't love was how many things broke on the super expensive robot figure. Is it beyond repair? Is it salvageable? Read on to find out!
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! It's been pretty crazy this past week, what with everyone trying to extend Black Friday and Cyber Monday into more than just a single day. If you looked around there were some good figure deals to be had, though I can't say I found much of interest at major retailers. Seemed like this year the best deals were online. Or maybe that's the same as every year and I'm just so used to buying stuff online that I don't notice anymore. Well, whatever the case, there were some good stuff out there.
This week on LinkUP we've got an unintentionally large number of Nendoroids to talk about alongside some designer figures, prototypes, bots, another Kickstarter, and some superheroes.
Last month was MCM Comiccon, the UK's biggest convention (88,000 visitors this time) and a huge marketplace for figures, toys and collectibles of all kinds. For the first time, Good Smile Company attended in an official capac...
If science fiction, fantasy, and other popular media have taught us anything it's that our reality is boring; or, at the very least, boring when compared to the alternatives. One of the more enduring alternatives is steampunk, a retro "future" where technology is driven by steam power with seeming contemporary devices are retrofitted within the confines of these technical constraints.
Given the popularity of the idea, there's been a lot of merchandise produced over the years. Diamond Select Toys has made their own contribution to the subgenre with the Femme Fatales Steampunk Lexi, an apparent original creation who features a design that instantly looks to be at home in a steampunk universe while also being very attractive.
Since coming out in June, Animal Crossing: New Leaf has been a popular game title on Nintendo's 3DS. The fourth title in the Animal Crossing series, New Leaf allows players to make their characters even more unique. Now that...
Wow, where did the time go? November is already finished and we're beginning December. It's nearly the end of 2013! I can't believe that. Anyway, that's not why I'm here. As one month is complete and another starts anew, it's prime time for the DO WANT! This month, we've got:
a snow witch
a little fairy
a giant robot
an undead wrestler
Hit the jump to see what all of your Tomopeeps want on their shelves/desks/general flat surfaces!
Gundam X, in general, has been largely ignored. People have been clamoring for a MG of the DX, but now Bandai is finally listening and gave us a Robot Damashii. The demand's always been there for something DX, but the first release of the Double X is the RD. There's now a HGAW 1/144 release as well, but the debate always rages over figures versus plamo.
Find out today if the Robot Damashii Gundam Double X is up to expectations and hype in the review after the jump!
Bandai/Tamashii Nations' S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon has already been reviewed, and it was good news for Sailor Moon fans because she's a pretty nice figure. However, Moon was only the start of the Sailor Moon Figuarts series, and next out of the gate is Sailor Mercury, the brains of the team. This was my first time reviewing an S.H. Figuarts figure for Tomopop, with most of my past reviews being from the D-Arts family. I've not quite been as impressed with those as other poseable figures, and I wasn't sure what to expect with Mercury.
So does Mercury happen to match Moon, though, or is she more like her D-Arts cousins? Hit the jump to find out!
In part one of this feature, I explored some of the creative process behind figure photography. Now that we know how to approach a photo shoot, it's time to start learning about the crucial piece of equipment behind it all: the camera.
Whether it's a cell phone, a point and shoot, or an SLR, you'll need to learn the ins and outs of your camera to get the most out of it. The first step is to get acquainted with the user manual, as it will give you the best info for your specific device. This guide will cover some of the common shooting modes and their relevance to shooting figures, as that will be the starting point for most aspiring photographers.